This simple and delicious Garlic Roasted Shrimp takes almost no time to make and it’s bursting with flavor. Making it the perfect party appetizer or quick healthy dinner idea.

If I could eat shrimp every day I definitely would, and I would love every second of it! I can see it now, days filled with Spicy Coconut & Lime Grilled Shrimp Scampi, Beer Battered Buffalo Shrimp Sliders, and Mexican Shrimp Marinara. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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Garlic Roasted Shrimp cocktail appetizer


Garlic Roasted Shrimp


Do you have 15 minutes or less to spare? Well, then you have just enough time to make your taste buds explode with this amazing Garlic Roasted Shrimp Recipe.

Perfectly roasted, and tossed with just the right amount of garlic, spices, and a touch of kick to make this the best shrimp you’ll ever taste. 

It’s time to put that flavorless store-bought shrimp cocktail in the trash where it belongs because once you have your first bite of this dish, there will be no going back. 

Garlic Roasted Shrimp in cocktail cup

How To Make Garlic Roasted Shrimp

(full printable recipe at the end of this post)

I can often get in a rut with making the same dishes week after week, which can start to make me go a little crazy after a while. It’s mostly because I like to stick to easy recipes, and by now I know which ones we all love that are the easiest, but I have to say that can get boring. 

Once I decided to branch out and make garlic roasted shrimp it’s like my life had color again! Not only is it insanely delicious but it’s equally as easy to make!

First, just spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper. Then In a large bowl toss shrimp with garlic, oil, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to coat. 


Garlic Roasted Shrimp prep

Arrange the shrimp on a prepared baking sheet and roast the shrimp. Lastly, squeeze some lemon over the shrimp and garnish with parsley. Serve immediately and dig into the best shrimp you’ve ever had!

raw Garlic Roasted Shrimp on pan

Serve Up Happiness With This Garlic Roasted Shrimp

One of the best things about this recipe is that the serving possibilities are almost endless! Where you’re entertaining your closest friends, hosting a holiday party, or just serving up a weeknight dinner, this garlic roasted shrimp recipe has you covered!

With rice or pasta: Serve up this shrimp on a bed of your favorite rice or pasta to make it into the main course that will be the perfect addition to next week’s meal plan. To turn it into a delicious seafood pasta dish just whip up a batch (or just buy the jarred) of your favorite pasta sauce. I think this would be amazing with this alfredo sauce

On a salad Spice up your next dinner or side salad by throwing in a  few pieces of this shrimp to really take it to the next level. This combo will have you say goodbye to your plain old boring salads from here on out!

As an appetizer with cocktail sauce With holiday party season in full swing, I love making quick appetizers everyone will love, and this garlic roasted shrimp cocktail is just that. Just grab an appetizer glass, and some cocktail sauce and you have an elegant appetizer that will disappear in seconds!

Garlic Roasted Shrimp on plate with rice

FAQ About Garlic Roasted Shrimp

What kind of shrimp should I buy? There aren’t any set rules on what shrimp you have to buy, but what I prefer to buy is the raw large or jumbo shrimp. I also get mine shelled and deveined to make the prep process easier. If you’re looking for a cheaper option you can buy ones you have to shell and devein yourself, it will just add more prep time to the recipe. 

For the best results buy the shrimp fresh and leave the tails on for a restaurant-style look. While I recommend getting the fresh shrimp, the frozen will work too if need be. Just be sure to thaw them before cooking.

How long will the shrimp keep? Shrimp is something that unfortunately has a pretty short shelf life. Your raw, uncooked shrimp will last in the refrigerator for about 2-3 before it goes bad.  Once you have cooked the garlic roasted shrimp it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Can shrimp be refrozen? Once the shrimp has been cooked I do not recommend freezing it, especially if you bought frozen shrimp, to begin with. The more something is frozen the more the quality of the flavor is lost. 

Since this is such a quick and easy recipe to make, and because you can buy shrimp in specific weights, I suggest only making as much as you want to eat at that moment. 

Garlic Roasted Shrimp cocktail in appetizer cups

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Creamy Whipped Feta With Fresh Herbs Perfect appetizer as a dip or alongside roasted cauliflower as a side dish. Drizzle with rosemary olive oil and you’ll really take it over the top and seal the deal!

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You’ll Never Want to Forget This Recipe!

If you’re in need of a last-minute quick and delicious recipe, this shrimp cocktail is here to save the day! I know you’re going to love it as much as I do, and I can’t wait to hear what you think!

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Garlic Roasted Shrimp in cocktail cup

Garlic Roasted Shrimp

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

This simple and delicious Garlic Roasted Shrimp takes almost no time to make and it's bursting with flavor. Making it the perfect party appetizer or quick healthy dinner idea.


  • 1½ pounds large shrimp peeled, deveined
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (1 teaspoon if you like spicy)
  • ½ kosher salt
  • ½ fresh ground pepper
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • 2 teaspoons chopped parsley
  • cocktail sauce (if serving as an appetizer)


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl toss shrimp with garlic, oil, crushed red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to coat. Arrange the shrimp on prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
  3. Roast shrimp for 8-10 minutes until no longer translucent.
  4. Squeeze lemon over the shrimp and garnish with parsley. Serve immediately with rice, pasta, on a salad or as an appetizer with cocktail sauce.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 359mgSodium: 1799mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 39g

Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, and freshness of ingredients used.

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